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For 2017, the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback receive front and rear styling updates, including new LED headlights. Inside there's a new steering wheel design, with optional heat, as well as improved sound insulation. A new handling enhancement, G-Vectoring Control, debuts; the system is the first the Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics series and it uses engine torque to refine steering and handling according to driver input. Model nomenclature has been simplified, with "i" and "s" being dropped from model names. Finally, the Premium Package is now available on Grand Touring trims outfitted with a manual transmission, where previously it only came on models equipped with the automatic.